LONDON, Great Britain - No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki has made the second week of Wimbledon for five of the past eight years, while her unseeded opponent Anett Kontaveit had not won a match at SW19 before this week.
No matter: this is still one of the picks of the third round. The former World No.1 is in fine form and as consistent a performer as she's ever been, fresh off a runner-up spot at the Aegon International in Eastbourne - her fourth final of the year. Less than a year after falling to No.74 before last year's US Open, Wozniacki has soared all the way back to No.6.
But Kontaveit has been putting together a rapid rise of her own recently, too. Having begun the year outside the Top 100, the Estonian has compiled a 40-10 win-loss record in 2017 to rise to No.38. Along the way, she notched up her first final in Biel in April - and two months later went one better in 's-Hertogenbosch to claim her first career title and kick off a winning streak that she's still riding, having extended it to seven at Wimbledon. The 21-year-old has also claimed high-profile scalps such as Garbiñe Muguruza in Stüttgart and Angelique Kerber in Rome.
Wozniacki is well aware of the threat posed by her opponent today.
"It's a tough match," she admitted to the press after dispatching former Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova, in the second round. "I haven't had any easy matches here this week yet. It's only going to get tougher."
But she's keeping her strategy simple against the hard-hitting Kontaveit: "I need to serve and return well. That's basically it. That's what I need to focus on."
Indeed, the Dane will be most familiar with her foe from their only meeting to date - also on grass, just over a year ago in the second round of Nottingham. The Estonian won a tightly contested battle then, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5.
Born and raised in Tallinn, Kontaveit was a highly touted junior: 2012 saw her reach the Wimbledon girls' semifinal (beating Ana Konjuh before losing to Eugenie Bouchard) and then the US Open girls' final, where she fell to Samantha Crawford. She seemed poised for her senior breakthrough when she made her Slam debut by qualifying for Wimbledon in 2014 - but had her progress stalled by glandular fever that year. Now healthy, Kontaveit has been able to show the WTA Tour exactly what she's made of in 2017.